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Link 16 Training and Other Tactical Digital Information Links (TADIL) Training Programs by Tonex

Link 16 training covers Link 16, the encrypted, jam-resistant Tactical Data Link (TDL) network used by U.S. and NATO Allies to create situational awareness among dispersed battle elements by sharing information over a common communication link.

This enables the command and control centers to create Common Operating Pictures (COP), which allows friendly forces to electronically observe the battlespace, identify threats and acquire targets.

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With Link 16, military aircraft as well as ships and ground forces may exchange their tactical picture in near real time.

The main application of Link 16 is as an air and missile defense command and control system. This network is being used by various countries for national air defense, linking their sea- and land-based vessels, ground-based sensors and surface-to-air missile systems. This helps them to protect their airspace by identifying threats and neutralizing them.

And now Link 16 applications are moving into space. The  Link 16-capable LEO spacecraft is intended to further enhance situational awareness for warfighters by using a constellation of satellites to provide greater access to Link 16 capabilities in contested or congested environments and extend the range of the networks.

What sets Link 16 apart from other tactical data links is that it does not depend on any one terminal to act as a node for the Link 16 network. Instead, all Link 16-capable terminals act as nodes, allowing various military forces to operate while distributed.

Link 16’s unique data link architecture allows troops to conduct operations with flexibility in unpredictable battlespace environments and is critical for force interoperability against future threats.

Link 16 capabilities are considerable, such as:

  • Allows for real-time transfer of combat data, voice communications, imagery, and relative navigation information between dispersed battle elements
  • Facilitates the exchange of data over a common communication link, allowing participants to obtain and share situational awareness information
  • Facilitates the exchange of sensor information, enabling command and control centers to create COPs
  • Enables information dissemination from command and control centers and warfighters, as well as information exchanges between warfighters

Over the past few years, the U.S. military has expressed strong interest in expanding Link 16 capabilities to maintain the tactical advantage needed to succeed across today’s data-driven, contested battlespace. One solution is Concurrent Multiple Reception (CMR) in which a radio can demodulate and decrypt multiple messages from multiple users simultaneously.

Link 16 and Tactical Digital Information Links (TADIL) Training Courses by Tonex

Link 16 Training is a 3-day technical and operational program covers Link 16 AKA as TADIL-J or Joint Tactical Information Distribution System. (J messages are the key to Link 16 TDL information exchange capabilities)

Tonex is an internationally recognized training company that delivers customized Link 16 training solutions to DoD, NATO and defense contractors. By choosing Tonex for your Link 16 training courses, you can expect that all the information learned in class is accurate, relevant and up to date. Our Link 16 courses are designed by Link 16 experts in the field, and this allows our workshops to excel in certain topics that only professionals in the field would understand.

We continually update our reading materials, teaching techniques and course offerings to reflect the latest trends in technology. Instead of following the trends, we stay ahead of them to be a front runner in the industry. Our Link 16 training courses follow a specific format that includes the overview, the body of the class and the conclusion, which wraps up with Tonex and industry certifications.

Our Link 16 training courses are flexible enough that they can be modified to fit the needs of your business so that your employees can focus on the core values of your organization. Browse our catalog of workshops or contact a Tonex representative to find the best boot camps to advance your career. Link 16 Training crash course, Bootcamp style, starts with an introduction to Tactical Data Links and covers concepts behind Network Centric Operations (NCO), Link 16  planning, network design, network management, operations and maintenance, and troubleshooting.

link 16 training Link 16 Training, Tonex is the world’s premier provider in Tactical Data Link (TDL) Courses including  TDL Crah Course, Link 4A, Link 11 , Link 16 , Link 16 Cybersecurity, Link 22, VMF, JREAP, SADL, IFDL, MADL, EPLRS, CDL, CEC, MDL, and TTNT .  TONEX is specialized in  specializes Tactical Data Link Training Courses including Link 11, Link 16, Link 22, SADL/EPLRS, VMF and JREAP. For  4-days Tactical Data Link Training Crash Course, TDL Training Bootcamp CLICK HERE Tactical Data Link Training Courses including Link 16  Training Crash Course provides the concepts behind Link 16 tactical data Link system/ JTIDS / MIDS architecture, installation, integration, data processing and operation.


Link 16 Training Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Discuss Tactical Digital Information Link (TADIL)
  • Understand the key concepts behind Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS
  • List LINK 16/ JTIDS / MIDS Principals and Features
  • Explore Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS and JTRS architectures
  • Discuss Link 16 system characteristics
  • Explore network architecture, services, elements, protocols to support services
  • Identify the role of key network nodes, interfaces, protocols, control and related protocols
  • Discuss similarities and differences between Link 4A, Link 11, Link 22, Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP), Variable Message Format (VMF), Fifth Generation Aircraft Systems, Interim JTIDS/MIDS Message Specification (IJMS), Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL), Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS), Inter/Intra Flight Data Link (IFDL), Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL), NATO STANAG standards, CDL (Common Data Link), MDL (Multipurpose Data Link), CEC (Cooperative Engagement Capability),  Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT)
  • Discuss TDMA and CDMA and access mode
  • Describe Network Participation Groups (NGP) and J-Series Messages
  • Discuss various Link 16 terminals and message packing and pulses
  • Understand similarities and differences between Link 16 Networks and Nets
  • Describe Link 16 Network Access Modes, Network Time, Network Time Reference (NTR) and Terminal Synchronization
  • Understand Link 16 Network Roles, Relays and  Pulse Deconfliction
  • Calculate Link 16 capacity and Time Slot Duty Factor (TSDF)
  • Discuss Communications Security and Link 16 Cyber Security
  • Describe Link 16 MSEC/TSEC methods
  • Discuss JTIDS / MIDS Network Planning and Design
  • Discuss JTIDS / MIDS Management, Operation and Troubleshooting and Monitoring
  • Understand the role of Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP)
  • Discuss Link 16 Network Enable Weapons
  • Discuss Link 16 troubleshooting techniques and procedures


Course Outline (Link 16; 3-days)

Overview of Tactical Digital Information Link (TADIL)

  • What is TADIL?
  • TADIL Capabilities
  • Basic principles and purpose
  • Platforms and Development
  • Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS)
  • Surveillance Control Data Link (SCDL)
  • Ground Station Modules (GSMs)
  • Joint Tactical Data Link Management Plan (JTDLMP)
  • Tactical data link for command, control, and intelligence
  • Link 4A
  • TADIL A/B [Link-11]
  • Link 16 as the prime data link for U.S. and NATO forces
  • TADIL C [Link-4A]
  • Conventional Link Eleven Waveform (CLEW)
  • Single Tone Link Eleven Waveform (SLEW)
  • Link 22 to replace Link 11 and to complement Link 16
  • Secure digital radio link in HF and UHF band
  • Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP)
  • Variable Message Format (VMF)
  • Fifth Generation Aircraft Systems
  • Interim JTIDS/MIDS Message Specification (IJMS)
  • Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL)
  • Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS)
  • Inter/Intra Flight Data Link (IFDL)
  • Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL)
  • NATO STANAG standards
  • CDL (Common Data Link)
  • MDL (Multipurpose Data Link)
  • CEC (Cooperative Engagement Capability)
  • Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT)

Overview of TADIL J (Link-16)/JTIDS/MIDS

  • Basic Link 16 principles and purpose
  • Link 16 capabilities
  • Link 16 protocol vs. terminals
  • MIL-STD-6016 – Tactical Data Link (TDL) 16 Message Standard
  • STANAG 5516 – Tactical Data Exchange – Link 16
  • MIDS System Segment Specification (SSS)
  • MIDS System Segment – Interface Control Document (Hardware ICD)
  • MIL-STD-6016E: Tactical Data Link (TDL) 16 Message Standard
  • Overview of  or Satellite TADIL J (S-TADIL J)
  • Real-time Beyond Line-of-Sight (BLOS)

Overview of Link 16 System Architecture, Protocols and Components 

  • Overview of Link 16 Operations
  • Link 16 Architecture
  • Link 16 Network Time and Network Roles
  • Link 16 Terminal Navigation and Network Relays
  • Link 16 Terminals and Platforms/Capabilities
  • Link 16 Configurations / Maintenance
  • Link 16 Data Terminals
  • Voice Transmission and Reception over Link 16
  • Principles of Multiple Access in Link 16
  • TDMA Principles in the Link 16
  • Link 16 Frequencies and Time Slots
  • Link 16 Interference Protection Features
  • Time Slot Duty Factor (TDSF)
  • Participation Groups
  • Network Operations, Roles and Responsibilities
  • Precise Participant Location and Identification (PLLI)
  • Link 16 Security
  • Multinetting
  • Range Extension Techniques

Purpose of Tactical Digital Information and Link 16 Systems

  • Purpose and Description
  • Data Link Advantages
  • Link 16 for anti-jam (AJ), secure, data and voice system
  • Standard waveforms and messages to promote interoperability
  • Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) and Multifunctional Information
  • Distribution System (MIDS)
  • Overview of Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS)
  • Architecture and Network Design
  • Link 16 Parameters
  • Pulse Deconfliction
  • Frequency Assignments
  • Architecture Examples
  • Time Slot Blocks (TSBs)
  • Message Construction
  • Net synchronization
  • Frequencies and Interference Protection Feature (IPF)
  • Range Extension by Relay
  • Time Slot Reallocation (TSR)
  • Precise Participant Location and Identification (PPLI)
  • Link-16 Enhance Throughput (LET)
  • VMF Message Catalog
  • Video on Link-16

Link-16 Capabilities

  • Link-16 Basic Capabilities
  • Tactical Data Link 16
  • Link 16 Architecture
  • Link 16 System Operation
  • Waveform
  • Time Slots
  • Exchange real-time tactical data
  • Architecture
  • Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)
  • Synchronization
  • Acquisition & maintenance of system time
  • Network
  • Time Slot
  • Link 16 Division of Network Time
  • Epochs, Frames and Timeslots
  • Network Participation Groups (NPG)
  • Terminal variations
  • Class I, Class II, MIDS (LVT-1, LVT-2, LVT-3)
  • Host platform integration requirements
  • Link 16 Messages
  • Link 16 Security

Link 16 End Users Terminals

  • Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS)
  • MIDS-LVT (Low volume terminal): LVT (1), LVT(2), or LVT(3)
  • MIDS-JTRS (Joint Tactical Radio System Terminals)
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR)
  • JTRS Software Communication Architecture (SCA)
  • MIDS JTRS Components: Link-16, J-Voice, and TACAN functionality
  • Link-16 enhanced throughput (ET)
  • Link-16 frequency remapping (FR)
  • Programmable crypto
  • Airborne Networking Waveform (ANW)
  • MANET technologies including TSM-X, ANW2 and others
  • Small Tactical Terminal (STT) KOR-24A
  • Link 16 and Secure VHF/UHF Line-of-Sight Networking at the Tactical Edge
  • The L3Harris Falcon® IV AN/PRC-163 (SWaP-optimized handheld)
  • BATS-D (Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System- Dismounted)
  • AN/PRC-161 Handheld Link 16 Radio
  • BATS-E (Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System- Embedded) Embeddable, Very Low-SWaP Link 16 Radio

Principles and Features of Link 16 Systems and Terminals

  • Link 16 System Characteristics
  • Air/Ground Situational Awareness
  • Link 16 Architecture
  • LINK 16 Features
  • LINK 16 Functions
  • Fully Functional Link 16 Terminal
  • MIDS LVT-1 (Ethernet)
  • MIDS LVT-2 (Ethernet)
  • MIDS LVT-2 (X.25)
  • MIDS LVT-11 IP
  • MIDS LVT-3 (1553)
  • USN E-2 (1553)
  • USAF E-8 (1553)
  • USAF F-15 (1553)
  • USAF MCE (1553)
  • USMC MCE (1553)
  • US Army 2M (X.25)
  • LINK 16 Terminals
  • Multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) fighter data link
  • Low Volume Terminals (LVT)
  • Terminal Options: MIDS terminals, Class 2 terminals
  • MIDS Low-Volume Terminals (LVTs)
  • The MIDS-LVT (1) Family
  • LVT (1) TACAN Tactical Air Navigation System, and Voice
  • LVT (4) Voice, but eliminates TACAN
  • LVT (6) provides TACAN no Voice
  • LVT (7) bare-bones model, no TACAN or Voice
  • MIDS LVT (2) family ground terminal
  • Handheld Link 16 Radio, BATS-D
  • Handheld Form Factor

Overview of NPGs

  • Network Participation Group (NPG)
  • 1 Initial Entry
  • 2/3 RTT-A/RTT-B
  • 4 Network Management
  • 5/6 PPLI and Status
  • 7 Surveillance
  • 8 Mission Management/ Weapons Coordination
  • 9 Control
  • 11 Image Transfer
  • 12/13 Voice A/B
  • 18 Network Enabled Weapons
  • 19/20 Fighter-to-Fighter A&B
  • 21 Engagement Coordination
  • 27 Joint Net PPLI
  • 28 Distributed Network Management

Example of LINK 16 Messages (J Series)

  • Network Management
  • Precise Participant Location and Identification (PPLI)
  • Surveillance
  • Intelligence
  • Weapons Coordination and Management (Network Enables Weapons AKA NEW)
  • Control
  • Platform and System Status
  • Electronic Warfare (EW)

LINK 16 Network Management Operational Scenarios

  • LINK 16 Architecture and Management
  • LINK 16 Troubleshooting and Monitoring
  • LINK 16 Network Planning and Design
  • LINK 16 Operation and Troubleshooting and Monitoring
  • Related J series messages

Link 16 Network Enabled Weapon (NEW)

  • Introduction to Link 16 Network Enable Weapons
  • Net Enabled Weapons  supporting  missions Use Cases
  • Network Enabled Weapons (NEW) Architecture
  • Network Enabled Weapon Messages (J11.X)
  • NEW Implementation Requirements
  • In-Flight Target Updates (IFTUs)
  • Targeting and engagement of Moving Targets
  • In-flight Retargeting/Reallocation
  • In-flight Abort
  • Sensor to Weapon 3PS Targeting (S2W 3PS)
  • Weapon to Weapon Coordination (Cooperative Attack)

Satellite TADILS

  • GEO  vs. LEO
  • Link-11 via satellite
  • Satellite TADIL-J (STJ)
  • Multicast TADIL-J (MTJ)

Structured Link 16 Troubleshooting Approaches

  • Isolate and solve Link 16 network, terminals and design problems
  • Root Cause Analysis Techniques applied to Link 16
  • TONEX Link 16 DFMEA and PFMEA processes and templates
  • Systematic elimination of hypothetical causes
  • Narrowing down on the possible causes
  • The top-down approach
  • The bottom-up approach
  • The spot-the-differences approach
  • The move-the-problem approach
  • Failure at Upper Link 16 Layers
  • Application Layer Failure
  • Failure at Lower Link 16 Layers
  • Failure at network topology
  • Failure at security keys
  • The Divide-and-Conquer Troubleshooting Approach
  • Follow-the-Path Troubleshooting Approach
  • The Compare-Configurations Troubleshooting Approach
  • The Swap-Components Troubleshooting Approach

Link 16 Troubleshooting Procedures

  • Link 16 Verification and Validation Plans
  • Testing, Simulation and Analysis Techniques
  • Verification of Link 16 initial and mission plans
  • Testing Link 16 Hardware Platforms and Software Features
  • Link 16 Network Design Verification
  • Testing Link 16 RF Capabilities
  • Synchronization testing
  • Testing Link 16 Features
  • Testing C2 to C2 Battle Management
  • Testing C2 to Fighter mission assignments
  • Testing Fighter to Fighter information exchange
  • Testing Imagery and Voice communications
  • Testing Network Enable Weapons

TONEX Link 16 Verification and Validation (V&V) Plans and Procedures

  • Link 16 Network Integrity V&V
  • Link 16 NPG Status V&V
  • Cryptonet V&V
  • Frequency Planning and Management V&V
  • Time Slot Duty Factor (TSDF) Tests
  • OPTASK Link V&V
  • Multi-Link Network V&V
  • Roles / Responsibilities V&V

Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP)

  • What is JREAP?
  • Tactical data over digital media and networks
  • JREAP/TADIL Testing/Simulation
  • JREAP Application Block
  • Joint Range Extension (JRE) Gateway
  • JREAP B – Serial
  • JREAP C – Ethernet

Link 16 Training covers all aspects of tactical data links employed by the U.S Navy, the Joint Services, NATO and Japan.  Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS training course covers all aspects of Link 16 / JTIDS (Joint Tactical Information Distribution System)/ MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System).

Other Special Training Services

Tonex provides customized training to meet specific mission  and technology implementation goals Including:

  • SADL/EPLRS Fundamentals
  • VMF Fundamentals
  • JREAP Fundamentals
  • SATCOM Fundamentals
  • Combat Modeling and Simulation Fundamentals
  • Mission Planning Workshop
  • Platform specific: Operator and Maintenance
  • MIDS Terminal Fundamentals
  • COMSEC Workshop
  • Battlespace Technologies
  • Link 16 OPTASK Link Workshop
  • Advanced Link 16 Workshop
  • Link 16 Network Planning, Design, and Management
  • Tactical Data Link (TDL) RF Workshop
  • TDL Verification and Validation Workshop
  • Military EMC/EMI Workshop
  • Battlespace and Defense Communications Certification
  • Link 16 Network Management Workshop
  • Tactical Data Links & TDL Security Bootcamp
  • Link 16 Terminal Course
  • Military RF Engineering Bootcamp
  • Link 16 Master Certification
  • Link 22 Master Certification
  • Link 16, VMF and SADL/EPLRS Bootcamp
  • Tactical Data Links (TDL) Testing
  • TDL Planning, Procurement and Acquisition
  • Military Cyber Security Training Bootcamp
  • TDL for the Senior Military Professionals
  • Cyber for Military Professionals
  • Cyber Risk Management for Military Professionals
  • Defense Information Security Management Systems
  • Netcentric System of Systems Engineering Bootcamp

Link 16 and Tactical Digital Information Links (TADIL)

Who Should Attend

Operators, Engineers, Designers, Architect, Software and Hardware Developers, Project Managers, Product Managers, Sales and Support and anyone else who is interested to understand concepts behind Link 16 / JTIDS / MIDS.

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